Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: December 13, 2015

Awaiting the release of Star Wars, the box office was at a lull this weekend, seeing low numbers amidst holdover and unappealing new releases.

For the fourth consecutive week, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 finished at #1. The film brought in $11.3 million over the weekend to raise its domestic total to $244.4 million. Mockingjay is only the second film this year to come on top for four straight weeks (the other being Furious 7), showing that even though the numbers have been down for this installment, there's still sizable interest in the property. No wonder Lionsgate is interested in continuing it with prequels.

Debuting in second is Ron Howard's drama In the Heart of the Sea (read our review), which grossed $11 million in its first three days. That's pretty much in line with the expectations analysts had for it, but that doesn't mean this is a good start. The film's reported production budget was $100 million (which typically does not include marketing), so Warner Bros. was probably hoping for something higher. It's gotten a little boost from the foreign markets, as the worldwide total is currently $50.4 million. Still, it has a long way to go to turn a profit for the studio, and the mixed reviews may only help it get lost in the glut of late December releases on the horizon.

Pixar's The Good Dinosaur bounced back and claimed the third spot, making $10.4 million in its third weekend. Still, the film remains a rare commercial underperformer for the animation powerhouse, and it has brought in only $89.6 million during its run in the States. Worldwide, The Good Dinosaur has made $167.8 million so far, inching closer to making back the $200 million in production costs, but still a ways away from being a profitable endeavor.

The Good Dinosaur Arlo Spot

Coming in fourth is Creed, which made $10.1 million. The Rocky spinoff is now at $79.3 million domestically, surpassing Rocky Balboa to become the fifth highest-grossing entry in the franchise. If it continues to hold well, it should be able to best the $85.1 million of Rocky II soon.

Rounding out the top five is Krampus, bringing in $8 million during its second weekend. That's a 50.8 percent decrease from its opening, which isn't bad. However, the Christmas themed horror comedy fell from second to fifth and couldn't hang with some of the holdovers from the Thanksgiving weekend. Even though it's not a box office bomb (the budget was just $15 million), it's apparent there isn't much mainstream interest for this one.

Spectre comes in at #6 with $4 million. The latest James Bond film has now made $190.7 million in its domestic run. It's considerably behind where Skyfall was at the same point in its release, but Skyfall is shaping up to be an outlier in the 007 film franchise. Spectre, for all the divisive opinions it generated, is the second biggest Bond film ever and has also made an impressive $820.5 million worldwide.

At #7 is The Night Before, which made $3.9 million. The raunchy comedy is up to $38.2 million domestically.

Seth Rogen and Jillian Bell in The Night Before

The Peanuts Movie is #8 with $2.6 million. The family film has now made $124.9 million in the U.S. so far.

Awards player Spotlight continues to hang around the top ten, finishing at #9 this weekend with $2.5 million. The drama is up to $20.3 million domestically thanks to the Oscar buzz it has received.

Coming at #10 is Brooklyn. The film made $1.9 million this weekend to raise its domestic total to $14.3 million.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates -- based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, December 14 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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